B.R.I.D.G.E.

B.R.I.D.G.E.

Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education (B.R.I.D.G.E.) is an intensive, four-week residential academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together first-generation college-bound, low-income or African-American or Latino students from the Chicagoland area who are interested in preparing for admission to college.

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The two-year summer program prepares Christian high school students for college through a curriculum that fosters their intellectual, leadership and spiritual growth. Best of all, the entire program is free of charge for all participants, and completing it guarantees a scholarship to Wheaton College.

Download an application (PDF).

Read what previous participants have to say about B.R.I.D.G.E. from the Mid-Summer Newsletter 2011 (PDF) and the End of Summer Newsletter 2011 (PDF).

The two-year summer program prepares Christian high school students for college through a curriculum that fosters their intellectual, leadership and spiritual growth. Best of all, the entire program is free of charge for all participants, and completing it guarantees a scholarship to Wheaton College.

Download an application (PDF).

Read what previous participants have to say about B.R.I.D.G.E. from the Mid-Summer Newsletter 2011 (PDF) and the End of Summer Newsletter 2011 (PDF).

Get a Taste of College Life
Live in a dorm, eat in a dining hall and make friends with students from other Chicago area high schools. As a scholar in the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you'll spend four consecutive weeks for two summers living like a college student at Wheaton College.

Get Immersed in Christian Community
Build relationships with college students who are pursuing knowledge and, at the same time, pursuing Christ. Through in-depth Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring relationships, you'll have opportunities to deepen your faith and live in community with peers and mentors who seek to strengthen their own Christian commitment.

Get Ahead with Academic Enrichment
Prepare for the academic rigors of college life as you learn the advanced writing and critical thinking skills necessary for college success. In addition to engaging in relevant courses taught by Wheaton College faculty, lectures by guest speakers and thought-provoking field trips, you'll receive ACT tutoring and guidance through the college application process.

Get the College Prep Opportunity of a Lifetime
In honoring its commitment to promote diversity, address inequalities, pursue academic excellence and foster spiritual growth, Wheaton College offers the B.R.I.D.G.E. program completely free of charge. The College pays for all program materials, faculty, housing, food and activities through its generous endowment. Additionally, if you complete the two-year program, you'll receive a guaranteed minimum $1,500 scholarship per year to Wheaton College ($6,000 total for 4 years).

Get a Chance to Give Back
As part of the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you'll learn how to develop and implement a service project in your community or home church. Plus, Wheaton College will partner with an organization in your community to host a series of college prep workshops open to all community members. We will also pursue opportunities to engage and equip parents and other leaders so they can further the intellectual and spiritual growth of all students.

ACT Tutoring
During the second summer all rising seniors will participate in an ACT tutoring course.

How much does it cost?
There is no application fee and no cost to attend the program.

Should I apply?
If you are currently a sophomore from the Chicago area who meets at least one of the following criteria: first generation, low income, or African American or Latino, and you are seeking to grow in academic knowledge and Christian faith, you are eligible for Wheaton College's B.R.I.D.G.E. Program. Wheaton College will evaluate and select applicants based upon leadership qualities, Christian commitment and academic achievement. To qualify for the scholarship, you must complete the four-week summer program two years in a row.

How do I apply?
To apply for the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you will need to provide a completed application form (PDF), three letters of recommendation and a high school transcript. Interviews are required.

Application postmark deadline: March 3, 2014

Program Dates: June 22 - July 19, 2014

Please note: If needed, transportation will be provided to and from Wheaton to accepted students.

For more information, please contact:
B.R.I.D.G.E. Coordinator
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
800-222-2419
bridge@wheaton.edu